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Shards: Putting the Pieces Together
Saturday, July 8
“Shards” is a story of journey, discovery, and finding what you didn’t even know you had lost. Presented through song, storytelling, and a bit of puppetry, Evan shares emotional stories of his grandparent’s immigration to the United States from Europe, as well as tales from his own Aliyah to Jerusalem four years ago. “Shards” is a dramatic-and often humorous-excursion across oceans and continents, from the past into the present, with an opportunity to glance at the future.
Written by Evan Kent
Dr. Cantor Evan Kent (Cantor Emeritus) is the cantor emeritus of Temple Isaiah, having served this community for 25 years. He is an oleh chadash, currently living in Jerusalem with his husband Rabbi Donald Goor and their cat Merlin. Evan received his ordination as a cantor and his Master’s in Sacred Music from Hebrew Union College in New York. Evan also earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the City University of New York.
Evan received his doctorate in music education from Boston University in May, 2014. His doctoral research examined how music at Jewish summer camps in North America assists in the development of Jewish identity. Evan’s academic interests also include the use of community music as social intervention, music and its role in developing collective memory, and the intersection of spirituality and music. He is currently serving as a lead researcher in a project examining the phenomenon of public Kabbalat Shabbat services in Israel.
He is on the faculty of Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem where he teaches liturgy and sacred music. Evan also teaches at the Levinsky School of Education in Tel Aviv where he presents workshops on using music as a tool for developing identity. His publications have appeared in the Journal of Reform Judaism, Sh’ma Magazine, Conservative Judaism, and the Finnish Journal of Music Education. Additionally, Evan was on the editorial committee for the new Reform High Holiday prayer book, “Mishkan HaNefesh.”
Dr. Kent is also a musical theatre performer having starred in Jerusalem productions of “Guys and Dolls”, the musical drama “Next to Normal,” “Avenue Q”, and “Singin’ in the Rain.” Evan also portrayed Yitzchak Rabin in a new musical drama (“November”) that dramatized the last week of Rabin’s life.
When not singing, teaching, and conducting research, Evan is an avid runner having completed a dozen marathons, many half marathons, and ultra-marathons.
Evan would like to thank the rabbis, cantors, and administration at Temple Isaiah for inviting him to present this performance of “Shards: Putting the Pieces Together.”